If Thou Wouldest Believe, thou Shouldest See the Glory of God  

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (John 11:40 KJV)

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In a world increasingly shrouded in darkness, the Lord impresses upon us a profound truth: to witness His greater glory enveloping the earth, bold, radical, and unwavering faith is indispensable. This is vividly exemplified in the story of Lazarus, where Jesus brings forth life and light in the face of death’s shadow.

When Jesus arrived at the tomb of Lazarus four days after his passing, He encountered Martha, Lazarus’ sister, in her grief. Martha perceived Jesus’ assurance of Lazarus’ resurrection as mere spiritual consolation. But when Jesus commanded the removal of the tombstone, Martha and the bystanders were apprehensive. Jesus’ response to Martha, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” reverberates through time, reaching us today.

This call to faith during these last days, challenging yet essential, aligns with Jesus’ words in Luke 18:8, “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, shall he find faith on the earth when the Son of man cometh?” This scripture speaks to many believers’ current struggles in nurturing genuine faith.

E.W. Kenyon and other saints have identified a significant faith dilemma termed “mental assent”— a state where one knows and intellectually agrees with the scriptures without truly believing them. This superficial faith is deceptive; it masks itself as a genuine belief but lacks the substance and power of true faith.

To witness God’s greater glory in your home, church, neighborhood, and nation, stepping into a realm of audacious, great faith is essential.

Meditate

Explore the essence of belief: What distinguishes mere knowledge of the scriptures from deep-seated belief in them? Reflect on the depths and implications of true faith.

Apply The Word

Believing is an active, intentional state, not a passive or mysterious process. Cultivate your heart to believe in God’s Word. Start by assessing if your heart truly believes in the scriptures. Then, allow the Spirit to train your heart to believe as you voraciously feed on the Word.

Pray

Pray for the courage and wisdom to move beyond intellectual acceptance to deeply rooted faith in God’s Word.

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